It is that time of year where we turn our attention to creating Christmas cards. In the past we have taken photos of Adam dressed up. For Adam’s first Christmas we had a photo shoot invovling several outfits. I have no idea why I thought a panda outfit was festive but I couldn’t resist the temptation!
Last year we created handprint Christmas trees…
as well as handprint canvas and wrapping paper.
This year I wanted to combine Christmas cards with Christmas tree decorations. Our homemade Penguin Christmas card can be enjoyed as a card and then the penguin can be removed and placed on the Christmas tree to create a keepsake decoration.
We fell in love the Popsicle Stick Bow Tie Penguin Craft from Crafty Morning. Pop over to Crafty Morning for full instructions on how to make the cute penguin. I made a couple of adjustments because I didn’t have any white paint. I used sticky backed glitter craft foam to make the penguins tummy, beak and feet. These were stuck directly onto the penguin.
For the penguins wings I cut a lolly craft stick in half, painted them black and stuck it to the back of the penguin using Bostik Foam Pads. Our final adjustment was needed so that the penguin could be used for a decoration. I attached a small piece of ribbon to the back of the penguin.
Next we needed a card to attach the penguin to. It had to be a snowy scene. I decided to use a similar method when creating our Light Up Christmas Tree Canvas – no mess painting. I placed blue card on our table and squirted white paint around the card. Next I laid cling film on top and secured it to the table with masking tape. Adam could squish the paint around the card without getting his hands messy. He enjoyed poking the paint with his fingers and splatting his hands down onto the cling film.
I removed the cling film to reveal our snowy scene. Once the paint had dried I attached our penguin using Bostik Foam Pads.
Check out these other Christmas Thank you card and writing ideas:
Christmas Lights Thank You Cards by Rainy Day Mum
Get prepared and create your Thank you Cards now with this simple activity ideal for kids of all ages so that your children can give thanks for any gifts they receive promptly after Christmas.
Hole Punch Christmas Tree Card by Sugar Aunts
Practice fine motor skills and sensory integration with proprioceptive input while making a Christmas Lights (OR) Christmas Tree card using a hole punch.
Washi Tape Christmas Cards Kids Can Make by Mama Smiles
Washi tape is so much fun! This post showcases a few different ways you can use washi tape to decorate holiday cards with your kids.
Washi Tape Christmas Baubles by Crafty Kids at Home
Wrapping Washi Tape around circles of card is great for working on fine motor skills and a cute idea to add onto your kids DIY Christmas Cards.
Marbled Christmas Cards by Fun-A-Day
Explore a fun art technique with kids while making homemade Christmas cards!
Buttons & Corrugated Board Cards by Teach me Mommy
Make these pretty Christmas cards with the kids using buttons and corrugated board!
Kids Love to Make a Fantastic and Simple Holly Card by Peakle Pie
These simple cards are pretty and easy to make and will make a lovely keepsake too!
Hanging Star Card by Witty Hoots
A stylish card with a hanging star – ideal for older kids to make!
Merry and Bright Kid-Made Christmas Cards by Books And Giggles
Christmas cards with shiny cutouts that kids can have fun decorating.
Nativity Themed Thank You Cards by 3 Dinosaurs
Nativity Theme Thank You Cards for kids or adults to writing thank you cards for the season. There are 4 picture themes to pick from.
Gingerbread Man with Candy Cane Christmas Card by The Gingerbread House
Sweet gingerbread man with an extra sweet treat.
The Christmas Story: The Very Special Baby in the Straw by My Bright Firefly
The Christmas Story: The Very Special Baby in the Straw. Easy Christmas Pop-up Card. Painting with Yarn.
Fingerprint Wreath Cards by The Mad House
Simple fingerprint Christmas cards that are perfect for kids of all ages.
Are you looking for Christmas Ornaments crafts to do with your children? Then take a look at Red Ted Art’s Christmas Ornaments ebook. Find 30 festive easy-to-do ideas all in one place. Click here to find out more.
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